Test Scores Down – 1st all Common Core H.S.

I sent the following to (Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 board members today 11/1/2019)

To:board@cusd200.org

All of these “experts” were wrong.

[T]he class of 2019, the first to experience all four high school years under Common Core, is the worst-prepared for college in 15 years, according to a new report.

Common Core is a set of national instruction and testing mandates implemented starting in 2010 without approval from nearly any legislative body and over waves of bipartisan citizen protests. Continue reading “Test Scores Down – 1st all Common Core H.S.”

School cost per-pupil

On 10/30/2019 The Daily Herald published an article about the per-pupil cost of schools, the following is a summary of some key facts from it:

“While the average per-pupil cost at a typical suburban preschool is $15,250 and median cost is $13,814, the top five suburban early childhood schools are spending roughly $30,000 or more.”

Type (suburban) Average per-pupil expense Median per-pupil cost
Pre-schools $15,250 $13,814
Elementary Schools 14,545 $13,986
Middle schools $14,377 $13,991
High Schools $14,612 $13,905

Top per-pupil pre-K

  1. Ann Reid in Naperville D203, $36,633
  2. Jefferson in Wheaton D200, $34,969
  3. Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, $34,274
  4. Queen Bee in Glendale Heights, $33,751
  5. Rondout Elementary in Lake Forest, $31,491
  6. Geneva 304 Early Learning Program, $30,875.

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D200 PR spending – authorized?

This is a follow up to a previous post on PR spending:

That was not the first time this type of spending has been brought to the board’s attention.  See:

Is it legal for D200 to spend taxpayer money on gifts and Donations?  We believe the answer is NO!

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Universal Pre-K for all. Why now?

Back in 2006, when running for governor, Rod Blagojevich unveiled his plan for Universal pre-K.  While he won the governors race that year, his goal has yet to be realized. Other politicians and the teachers union are still pushing for it.  Recently they did a “study”.  We are now being told that too many of today’s pre-schoolers are not ready to start kindergarten when they should be.

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D200 Candidates’ School Board Comments

 

 I went through the D200 board meeting minutes to see how often each of this year’s candidates has spoken, and on what topics.  I did not check for committee meetings.  Mr. Lonks attends the finance committee and the facilities committee meetings on a regular basis.  As far as I can tell, others do not.  For each entry, regular font is what appears in the minutes, Italics for more detail based on listening to the videos. Links to a few videos are at the bottom of this post.

 

Harold Lonks

Harold has spoken many times over 8+ years at board meetings on a wide variety of topics.

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D200 Candidate information

LWV forum

Four Candidates appeared at the League of Women Voters CUSD School Board Candidate Forum.  Harold Lonks was out of town watching his daughter compete in the United States Figure Skating National Synchronized Ice Skating Novice Championships – They took 4th.

As you watch, notice, that there are no questions on finances or facilities – two topics that have been important in the community.

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D200 Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC)

Last year a friend sent an email to D200, Her Question was:

Please provide me with the list of names of all of citizens on the citizens advisory committee as well as the meeting minutes from the past 12 months.  Since this is a citizens committee this information should be available on the website.
Please provide me with the reason why any taxpaying citizen should have to fill out an application to be on a citizens committee? 

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IL Legislation to close “Lease” to avoid referendum loophole

Wheaton’s state Rep, Amy Grant has submitted a bill, HB2145 and Palatine Rep. Thomas Morrison has submitted a bill, HB2738 (virtually the same), to close the “loophole” that district 200 tried to use to avoid the referendum for a new Jefferson pre-school building. Other districts have already done this, and we fear it may be catching on like wildfire. If school boards can build new facilities without referendum by signing a lease-to-own agreement, then issue debt service extension base (DSEB) Bonds, without a referendum to shore up their general revenues (raising future taxes to pay then back), we are in real trouble. Using the magic word “Lease should not void the clear intent of the original law that requires a referendum for new construction.

I submitted written comments (similar to this post) with my witness slip in support of HB2145.

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